A 14-mile stretch of the West Branch Farmington River from Goodwin Dam in Hartland to the Canton/New Hartford line became a federally-designated Wild & Scenic River in 1994. In 2019, 1.1 miles in Canton were designated Wild & Scenic making the Upper Farmington River designated area a total of 15.1 miles. Learn more about Wild & Scenic here. Read the 2019 Annual Report here. Read the National Parks Service Partnership Wild & Scenic News from August 2020, highling the Farmington River here.


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Visit our new Famrington River Steward Site! farmingtonriversteward.org


Mill District Nature Preserve - Hartland Land Trust's newly acquired land

FRCC Land Protection Program
FRCC supports conservation and restoration of the river as well as land protection within the five riverfront towns along the Upper Wild & Scenic Farmington River. FRCC is excited to announce supporting a recent Hartland Land Trust project:

Hartland recently has added 52 acres to the Mill District Preserve in West Hartland. The Preserve now totals 139 acres of contiguous, beautiful forestland. FRCC is happy to have been able to help fund this acquisition of forest wetlands and an upper perennial watercourse that drains into the West Branch Wild & Scenic Farmington River. Fred Jones, President of the Hartland Land Trust, says “The response from the community has been overwhelmingly supportive. Preserving this property in perpetuity provides another layer of protection to our pristine wetlands and will counter fragmentation and sensitive habitat loss.”

FRCC's Land Protection Program supports Land Trusts in Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Hartland, and New Hartford that are working towards acquiring important watershed land. More information and eligibility requirements can be found here.

2021 FRCC Representatives
The Farmington River Coordinating Committee has voted in officers for the 2021 fiscal year; we welcome Andrew Petitdemange from the National Park Service; Laura Hart has been appointed as the Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) alternative representative. 

Dan Bowler, Hartland Representative - Chair
Mario Santoro, Barkhamsted Representative - Vice Chair
David Sinish, FRWA Representative - Treasurer
Lans Perry, Canton Representative - Secretary

Alison Murdock, New Hartford Representative - Resource Stewardship Chair
David Sinish, FRWA Representative - Education & Outreach Chair

Celebrate the River through Art
Please view our Wild & Scenic Art Show. The exhibit features art from members of the community who have been inspired by the area's Wild & Scenic characteristics: scenic beauty; free-flowing, clean water; fish & wildlife; recreation; and history & culture. 

The Art Show will be available to view as a video from December 21, 2020, through February 28, 2021. Thank you to artists Rita Bond, Dan Bowler, Tom CameronJim DeCesare, Holly Hall, Fran Hoffnagle, Germaine Lemieux, Deborah Leonard, Jean Miller, and Robin Schofield.

View Art Show video here
View Quilt video here
The quilt is a beautiful rendition of the Farmington River with 25 different artists' interpretation of sections along the Wild & Scenic segment of the river. The quilt has an immense impact as artwork and as an educational piece. Quilt images above, left to right: Ovation Pool by Katherine Wadsworth, Goodwin Dam by Rosalind Spann, Hawes Pool by Yvonne Richard, High Bank Rapids by Susan Cane. 



There is nothing like a day on the river - kayaking, fishing, or hiking along. But please remember to recreate safely. Our River Steward Team is out and about helping promote "No Glass No Trash" -  join us in keeping our outstanding resource protected for all - including wildlife! Check out the River Stewards new River Safety & Etiquette video.  #RecreateResponsibly


Farmington River Coordinating Committee
PO Box 395
Pleasant Valley, CT 06063
Phone: 860-738-2456


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